Trismegistos ID: 738494

Source Description


White marble base with moulding on top, broken into two adjacent pieces (2.15; 0.19;1.04).


Inscribed on front face under the moulding.


0.025 to 0.03.

Place of Origin

Cyrene .


Perhaps second century B.C.


Found by G. Oliverio in 1917 at Cyrene : reused in phase 2 of East Church as altar-base, with seven sockets in the upper face for colonnettes sustaining the holy table.

Later recorded Location

Seen in 1960 by Pugliese Carratelli at the same place.

Last recorded Location

Briefly seen in 1985 by C. Dobias-Lalou at the same place, photographs and measures impossible; not found again in 2004.

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


SECir , 122 (no image); Ward-Perkins-Goodchild-Reynolds, 2003 , p. 155 (no image).


Ἁγεμόνα Φιλοθάλευς ἱαριτεύοισα ἀνέθηκε.


French translation

Hagémona fille de Philothalès, étant prêtresse a consacré (ce monument).

English translation

Hagemona daughter of Philothales, while being priestess dedicated (this monument).

Italian translation

Hagemona figlia di Philothales, quando era sacerdotessa ha dedicato (questo monumento).


The inscription was published without illustration by Pugliese Carratelli at SECir . At Ward-Perkins-Goodchild-Reynolds, 2003 , p. 155 Reynolds said that she had not seen the inscription. When C. Dobias-Lalou saw the stone in 1985 no photograph could be made and she was not able to find again the inscription on later visits, probably by lack of convenient light.

The main priestess at Cyrene is that of Artemis. She held a yearly office like the eponymous priest of Apollo, as attested by mentions of women συνιαριτεύοισα 'being priestess at the same time as' a priest. It is thus highly plausible that Hagemona, here simply said 'priestess' was that of Artemis. Like many stones, this one was re-used in the East Church and plausibly moved from the sanctuary of Apollo.

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